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Julie-Ann Simpson

Julie-Ann Simpson
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The processes which make up the act of painting are significant themes within my work. Initially using observations and memories as starting points, my practice is often an attempt to make visible that which is unseen or intangible. In some ways, I employ a synesthetic approach, exploring the language of painting to describe a sensory experience. My work looks at this idea of liminality and everyday juxtapositions; the porous boundaries between interior and exterior spaces, man and nature, dreams and reality. The paintings sit in that transitional place, often beginning as representations, but eventually seem to slip into ambiguous afterimages.
2010 – 2014
Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University. Aberdeen.
BA (Hons) Painting


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
‘The September Issue’, The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen. Selected group show.
‘Uncertain Territories’, Seventeen Gallery, Aberdeen. Group show
‘Sketch’ 2017, Rabley Drawing Centre, Malborough. Selected group show

2016
Winter Exhibition, Newave Gallery, Aberdeen. Selected group show.
‘For The Time Being’, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. Solo show.
‘Blueprint’, DOK Artists’ Space, Edinburgh. Selected group show.
VAU Member’s Show, Edinburgh Palette, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh. Group show.
RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Selected group show.
‘The Known, the Strange and the New’, New Blood Art for How The Light Gets In Festival, The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, Wales. Selected group show.
‘Photographs by Painters’, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. Group show.


AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2017
Sketch 2017 Prize; shortlist

2016
Visual Arts and Craft Makers Awards, Aberdeen City Council and Creative Scotland
Hope Scott Trust Award
Contemporary British Painting Prize; longlist
Graduate in Residence, Painting Department, Gray’s School of Art

2014
RSA Guthrie Award and Medal
Aberdeen Asset Management Purchase Prize


PROFFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Artist for 'Artobotic', artwork vending machine project
VAU Pillow Talk: Collaborations chair/facilitator as part of Look Again Festival 2017, featuring Louise Scullion, Ade Adesina, Thalia Spyridou (Patricia Fleming Projects) and Graeme Roger.
Visiting Lecturer in Painting, Gray’s School of Art, Sep 2015 – present
Collection Support Assistant, Grampian Hospital Arts Trust (GHAT), July 2015 – Aug 2017
Grampian Hospital Arts Trust volunteer 2014-2015
Look Again Festival 2015 - Creative Workshop with Jamie Cameron and GHAT
Aberdeen Artists Society volunteer 2014
Peacock’s Visual Arts volunteer (SPECTRA 2014)
A Thousand Wishes
  • Julie-Ann Simpson
  • A Thousand Wishes
  • Mixed Media
Blossom Soup
  • Julie-Ann Simpson
  • Blossom Soup
  • Oil
Echo
  • Julie-Ann Simpson
  • Echo
  • Oil
Hemlock
  • Julie-Ann Simpson
  • Hemlock
  • Mixed Media
The Rowan Tree
  • Julie-Ann Simpson
  • The Rowan Tree
  • Oil
Wait For Fire
  • Julie-Ann Simpson
  • Wait For Fire
  • Oil
Mirror Pool
  • Julie-Ann Simpson
  • Mirror Pool
  • Mixed Media
By Both Beauty and Fear
  • Julie-Ann Simpson
  • By Both Beauty and Fear
  • Oil

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